Category Archives: Positive Youth Development

Judy Watson Olson Education Enrichment Award Application Open

Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Judy Watson Olson Education Enrichment Award in honor of former GLCYD President and CEO, Judy Watson Olson.

This $500 award assists Upper Peninsula K-12 schools, teachers, or organizations with programs that help youth succeed academically. Examples of potential projects include homework clubs, field trips, mentoring or literacy support. It is preferred that funds will be utilized within one year.

Applicants must be from Upper Peninsula school districts, College Access Networks or other youth-serving organizations. Selection will be based on how the program addresses an unmet need, how it helps youth succeed academically, the number of youth served, and other compelling data as determined by the selection committee. Applications are due March 8, 2019.

The winner of the award will be recognized at the Excellence in Education Week Awards Program on April 29 at Northern Michigan University.

Please direct  any specific questions to Karen Thompson at kthompson@glcyd.org.

Listen up, adults. The kids have got this.

When young people find their voice, positive things happen. Right now, students in Marquette and around the nation are joining survivors of the Parkland school shooting in organizing March for Our Lives events that will take place tomorrow. These aren’t college students, but high schoolers, middle schoolers and even elementary-aged kids. They are stepping up… Continue Reading

Judy Watson Olson Education Enrichment Award Application Available

Judy Watson Olson Education Enrichment Award Application Available

Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Judy Watson Olson Education Enrichment Award in honor of former GLCYD President and CEO, Judy Watson Olson. This $500 award assists Upper Peninsula K-12 schools, teachers, or organizations with programs that help youth succeed academically. Examples… Continue Reading

Let’s rise to the challenge of adverse childhood experiences

The other day a young adult friend and I were talking about Challenge Day, a national program that helps schools break down barriers between student peers as well as between students and adults in order to foster a school climate where everyone feels safe, appreciated and able to be their best selves. It’s an intense… Continue Reading

Graduation and alcohol don’t mix

High school graduation will soon be here. With graduation come open houses and other parties. With parties often comes drinking. I’d like to remind all community members to be extra vigilant this time of year to keep our young people safe and healthy by keeping alcohol out of their hands. Some parents may be tempted… Continue Reading

We are all in this together!

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”― John Lennon At this time in history, it is more important than ever that we join forces and share resources – both human and material. It increases the impact and reach of the efforts and makes us think about what… Continue Reading

Little Ukulele Makes Mighty Impact

Little Ukulele Makes Mighty Impact

What do ukuleles, the U.P. and kids have in common? If you answered “Yooper Uke Week,” give yourself a point. If you answered “They all hold a special place in Linda’s heart,” give yourself two. Hiawatha Music Co-op recently sponsored the second annual Yooper Uke Week which celebrates the small, but mighty, ukulele which has… Continue Reading

Youth Building Assets in Dickinson and Iron Counties

Earlier this school year in Dickinson and Iron Counties the 18th Annual Youth Asset Celebration was held. This event was held to review the results of the Profiles of Student Life:  Attitudes and Behaviors survey from the Search Institute.  Students from six different schools from these counties, along with two from Northern Wisconsin, met to… Continue Reading

Teach Me a Thing or Two

When we hear the word “mentor,” I think most automatically assume that the mentor is older than the person being mentored. Wisdom and knowledge don’t automatically come with age and experience. Oh yes, I have had many mentors throughout my 55 years who were older than me. Looking back, the common trait possessed by these… Continue Reading